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Oil Leak from dipstick tube at the pan

Today, I was out and about. When I got back, I had a drip trail up by driveway and then back to where I back in. At that point I thought it was coolant, but didn't check it. Then off to the grocery store. At the store, another trail and then noticed a puddle under truck. Went ahead and got groceries and cam home. Same thing. Trail up the driveway and then a puddle once I parked. I got under the truck and I see it leaking from where the dipstick goes through the pan. I get my channel locks and tighten the big nut that goes around it. Re-started the truck and it is still leaking. It looks like it's leaking around the threads of the assembly. The truck has ~204,000 on ODO.

I don't want to drive it this way given the engine's requirements for oil.

How big of a deal is it to get this fixed? A shop trip? Big $$???


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Thanks for the info. It was leaking a lot of oil before I tightened it. I was hoping it would slow it down. After looking the info you provided, it is most likely the internal o-ring that failed.

Now the question for me is....Am I brave enough to do it myself?


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I was talking to a guy who used to be an auto mechanic. He suggested using a high-temp RTV. I got the red stuff and some brake clean. Saturday, I pulled the positive cables off the batteries, yanked the starter and loosened the nut. I left the dipstick in to help keep the internal piece from falling in the pan. I cleaned it all with the brake clean. I spooged the threads, waited a bit before putting the nut back on and snugged it up. I put some extra on where the threads of the nut and internal piece meet. I re-installed the starter, hooked up the batts. I waited until today to start it up. No leaks, at this point anyway. I let it warm up while I set the clock and re-saved my radio stations. I revved it up for a bit and no leaks. I'll drive it this week to see how it holds up. I may still have to do something more expensive later, but for now it's working.


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